Conclusion: This study suggests opportunities for improving OD outcomes. Those who receive higher quantities of prescription opioids concurrent with other psychotropic medicines may need closer monitoring to avoid death, repeated OD events, higher service use, and higher service costs. Other opportunities for improving OD outcomes include the use of electronic health records to notify physicians of high-risk patients and updating of guidelines/operation manuals focused on the distribution of naloxone to those in highest need.Study of >2,000 nonfatal opioid ODs. Note the age distribution. Dead within 12 months: 9.4% https://t.co/KWr53OZPF4 pic.twitter.com/tjR5z9jkax— David Juurlink (@DavidJuurlink) October 10, 2016
Ontario launches 'comprehensive' opioid strategy aimed at curbing growing addiction, overdose problem https://t.co/5e4mpCC330— CBC Ottawa (@CBCOttawa) October 12, 2016
The measures include expanding access to Suboxone, which helps treat opioid addiction by stopping cravings and preventing withdrawal symptoms. The drug is considered safer than methadone, with "significantly less" risk of fatal overdose, according to information from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.